Turf Chat: Orman continues winning run at Ipswich racetrack
BOOM apprentice jockey James Orman collected another double of wins at Ipswich last Wednesday to continue his great recent run of form.
Orman won aboard Laurinoor for Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp and in the last race of the day on Brisbane- based Liam Birchley’s Red Cent.
After winning trebles the previous weekend for Orman at Doomben and Deagon, the Ipswich metropolitan double was another step forward for this rising star of the saddle.
The teenage rider, who is based just west of Ipswich, has been riding for a couple of years. He has tasted success at Ipswich previously having won the Labour Day Cup in 2014 aboard Beau Boy – this rated as his biggest career win to that point.
The win by Laurinoor was the first of a winning double for Lipp as he won later in the day with Real Ego who was ridden by another apprentice – Ipswich Cup winner Luke Tarrant.
Two other apprentices had wins at Ipswich last Wednesday as Luke Dittman won aboard the Kelso Wood trained Gotyacovered and Alannah Fancourt went to the top of the riders premiership after her fifth season win aboard the Tom Dougall trained Foretoken.
THE only senior jockey to ride a winner at Ipswich last week was Tim Bell whose winning treble took him to five season wins.
Bell’s winners were Comic Story for Gillian Heinrich, Sky Spur for Matt Dunn, and Tina Melina for Tony Gollan. Bell has not quite been able to win an Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership and went closest in 2013 when defeated by Jim Byrne by a single win.
Best wishes to Davin
IPSWICH based jockey Davin Green is known as a journeyman to all but his current situation is not one that would be wished upon anyone.
After a fall at Cairns 10 days ago, Davin has been transferred to the PA Hospital where he remains under observation with a serious neck injury.
All connected with thoroughbred racing in Queensland wish Davin all the best for a speedy and full recovery.
Top trainers at Ipswich
IT was a normal morning of trackwork last Thursday at Ipswich. However there was a twist as Liam Birchley – who is a leading Brisbane trainer – brought 12 horses to Bundamba for a gallop.
As Eagle Farm cannot be worked on and the busy Nudgee Road is in between Eagle Farm and Doomben, Birchley decided that a trip to Ipswich was a better bet.
Another top trainer in Tony Gollan has enquired about following Birchley’s lead whilst Eagle Farm is unable to provide training services.
THERE is a mini break from racing at Ipswich after tomorrow’s meeting as the track prepares for a big day of racing on October 5 – the Labour Day meeting.
This meeting is traditionally the second largest attendance for the year at the Ipswich Turf Club.
This year will be no different as the normal free entry and free fairground will be combined with a car giveaway on the day to a lucky patron as the CFMEU Miner’s Cup is contested celebrating Ipswich’s rich mining heritage in the 100 year anniversary of the Miner’s Union Federation.
After the public holiday Labour Day meeting on October 5, there is racing at Ipswich every week through until the New Year including three Fridays in October, seven Wednesdays, two Thursdays (VRC Oaks Day and Christmas Eve), and a newly introduced Saturday fixture on December 19.
Racing at Ipswich in the New Year commences with another Saturday as the secondary Queensland meeting behind the Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast on January 9.
Kermadec in form
KERMADEC added the George Main Stakes on Saturday to his Doncaster Handicap win earlier in the year as he collected the only Group 1 race for the weekend at Randwick.
Group 1 racing reverts to Melbourne this weekend for the Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
On the following long weekend, the Moir Stakes is run at Moonee Valley and Sydney’s Super Saturday with three Group 1 races ends the carnival in NSW as the Melbourne Spring Carnival gets in full swing.